“My heart is broken,” said the supermodel.

The US town of Montecito is in mourning following a devastating mudslide that struck this week.

An estimated 17 residents have lost their lives, and hundreds have been left trapped in their homes after a severe storm dislodged boulders and caused heavy mudflow along hillsides.

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As emergency services in the California town still struggle to deal with the aftermath, Montecito’s celebrity residents have lent their voices to the call for donations.

Among them are Bella and Gigi Hadid, who both shared emotional tributes to their hometown on social media following the devastation.


“I really can’t believe it. I am praying and thinking so much for our friends in the hospital and their families that are still missing,” wrote Bella on Instagram.

The half-Palestinian sisters grew up in Montecito, and it was in that town “my roots were placed, where my mother raised me and my family”, Bella added.

“My heart is broken… I remember when something similar happened in La Conchita about 12 years ago, so close to us and how much it took to rebuild… I can’t imagine how Montecito feels now.”

The 21-year-old also vowed to help those affected by the disaster, asking her followers to “please send websites for donations.”

“I’m ready to help,” the model added.

“Thank you to the rescue, fire fighters and security teams in [Santa Barbara] for staying strong and your hard work to pull out anybody and anything in sight. My love is with you so deeply SB.”

Sister Gigi also took to social media to share her distraught over the tragedy, telling her followers “my beautiful hometown, just after getting through weeks of wild fire, has been hit by a major storm”.

“That “river” is the 101 freeway.  Please keep the families of Santa Barbara in your thoughts and prayers,” the 22-year-old added.

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The tight-knit sisters are known to be politically active, marching against US President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban  last year, and Bella has also spoken out about his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Those wishing to donate to those affected by the Santa Barbara storm can visit the Red Cross website.

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